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Professor Colin Robinson

Professor of Biotechnology

Centre for Molecular Processing, School of Biosciences


Professor Colin Robinson has been awarded the Faculty of Science Prize at the University’s first presentation of Research Prizes.

Over the last 18 months, Colin Robinson has been awarded substantial funding, totaling around £5 million, for his world-leading work on the development of E.coli-based platforms for the production of therapeutic proteins such as antibodies and hormones, and the translation of his research into industrial application.

Professor Robinson joined Kent’s School of Biosciences as Professor in Biotechnology in 2013.

He studied Biochemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh and went on to carry out a PhD studying chloroplast protein targeting with John Ellis at the University of Warwick.

This generated a long-standing interest in protein targeting systems which has remained a dominant interest in the research group.

After completing his PhD, Professor Robinson spent two years at the University of Munich studying mitochondrial protein targeting with Professor Walter Neupert.

He returned to Warwick in 1985, first as lecturer, then senior lecturer and Professor, initially studying chloroplast protein targeting pathways before focusing on bacterial systems.


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Last Updated: 01/05/2015

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